Second Base Showdown Franklin Barreto - ADP 576.09 / Jorge Mateo - ADP 504.86 Barreto was once ranked as high as the #23 prospect in 2016 by MLB.com. That pedigree hasn’t translated to success with the Athletics since coming up in 2017. In three seasons, Barreto has played 80 games and sports a... Continue Reading →
Now that we are at the All Star Break, it’s the time of year when we need to deeply take stock of our teams & explore the intriguing bullpen options beginning to not only emerge, but solidify (no longer small sample size). If we are being honest with ourselves & our chances, many of us in fantasy baseball should realize it’s time to start planning for the future. As the Trade Deadline approaches Closers shuffle teams & lose save opportunities being relegated to setup roles, and sometimes we’re stuck with a losing hand at the Closer’s Poker table. Let’s peer into the crystal ball & take a gander at some speculative late inning anchors.
In fantasy baseball, the closer’s role experiences the most turnover over the course of a season. Every year, guys who appear to be locks for high-end production fall off and get replaced. It is truly a never-ending battle for any fantasy owner. Sure, Kenley Jansen, Aroldis Chapman, and Craig Kimbrel exist, but a premium price must be paid on Draft Day if an owner wants a virtual lock for a closer.